DECEMBER 9, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 PM EST


A workshop organized by Urban Humanities Working Group:
Peter Christensen | Lawrence Chua | Samia Henni | Lisa Trivedi
Supported by Central New York Humanities Corridor

1:00-1:05 pm EST
Welcome and Introduction
By Samia Henni, Cornell University

1:05-1:35 pm EST
Unlearning Sources
Chaired by Peter Christensen, University of Rochester
__Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara
__Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University

1:35-2:05 pm EST
Unlearning Pedagogy
Chaired by Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University
__Ana Maria Leon, University of Michigan
__Charles Davis II, University of Buffalo

2:05-2:35 pm EST
Unlearning Institutions
Chaired by Samia Henni, Cornell University
__Lesley Lokko, City College of New York
__Victoria Young, SAH President, University of St. Thomas

2:35-3:00 pm EST
Moderated by Lisa Trivedi, Hamilton College

The events that occurred prior to, during, and following Ariella Aisha Azoulay's lecture, "Palestine is There Where it has Always Been," convened by Samia Henni on October 5, 2020, as part of the Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lectures, "Into the Desert: Questions of Coloniality and Toxicity," at the Department of Architecture, Cornell University, call for a reconsideration of the roles of institutions, pedagogies, and sources in academic practice.

Borrowing the term unlearning from the titles of several publications, including Swati Chattopadhyay's Unlearning the City (2012), Azoulay's Potential History, Unlearning Imperialism (2019), and the Black Faculty of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's statement, Unlearning Whiteness (2020), this workshop seeks to engage in a collective and scholarly exchange about normative roles and our agency as historians of architecture and the built environment in the processes and mechanisms of acting conscientiously and correctively as researchers, teachers, and members of academic communities.

The Central New York Humanities Corridor's Working Group: Urban Humanities, which includes Peter Christensen (University of Rochester), Lawrence Chua (Syracuse University), Samia Henni (Cornell University), and Lisa Trivedi (Hamilton College), is pleased to host this workshop. We have invited Swati Chattopadhyay (University of California, Santa Barbara), Charles Davis II (University of Buffalo), Ana Maria Leon (University of Michigan), Lesley Lokko (City College of New York), Victoria Young (University of St. Thomas), and Mabel O. Wilson (Columbia University) to share their experiences, concerns, and hopes in an era of institutional change that promises the prioritization of diversity, equity, inclusion, in pursuit of justice.